William Shakespeare said it best when he wrote: “All the world’s a stage” — where better to study theater than the home of Shakespeare and so many other brilliant playwrights and performers?

Engage in Britain’s rich historical and contemporary theatrical tradition through theater and drama courses. In your core curriculum, you analyze the artistic, financial, and professional structures that influence theater in Britain, with an emphasis on London. You also examine key texts and performances within the relevant historical and cultural context and delve into theater criticism, reception theory, dramaturgy, and stage design.

London will be your classroom. Imagine all the shows you’ll see—at least nine with IES Abroad alone—as you witness performances at small fringe theater venues and companies, as well as larger performances to learn first-hand about the London theater industry. Expand your artistry by taking a creative workshop in playwriting. Intern as a theater assistant at a local venue to get an inside look at the London theater scene. London and all it has to offer will be part of your learning experience.

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London, from internships to cultural activities. The Theater Studies Program integrates field study into most courses, focusing on the many opportunities for learning that London presents, such as routine theater visits and a backstage tour of the National Theatre.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad London
  • City: London
  • Country: England
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • September 4 - December 15

Spring 2019

  • Early January - Mid-Late April

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - November 01, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer insightful courses that explore Theater and Drama, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. All IES Abroad courses are taught by British and international faculty and are designed to offer you a unique academic experience, combining the traditions of your home campus with the best of the British university system. You take 15–19 credits per semester. Fall and spring courses (there is no academic year option) are worth 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Credits awarded for supplementary university courses or tutorials may vary. You create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

Required Courses (3 credits each)

  • DR355 Theater in London: Analyzing Text & Performance
  • TH355 The Theater Industry: Inside & Out

Elective Courses (Select three courses from the options below to earn an additional 9 credits)

  • TH390 Playwriting Workshop
  • LT351 Shakespeare the Dramatist
  • TH350 European Approaches to Text and Theater Performance
  • An elective course at a local partner university*
  • Theater-related Internship (3 credits for the combined internship & tutorial)*
  • IES Abroad Study London Program Course(s)

*IES Abroad strongly discourages students from doing both an internship or service learning placement and an outside course, as these both require a time commitment that is very difficult to schedule. If you wish to do both, please understand that, if you are able to work both into your schedule, you will be occupied Monday through Friday with no day off. Please contact your IES Abroad Program Advisor for more information.


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

Art History

  • AH 341 - The Architecture Of London: 1600-Present Day (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • AH/FA 390 - Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy (Fall, Spring)


  • FS/CM 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See (Spring, Summer)
  • PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Cultural Studies

  • SO/CU 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present (Fall, Spring, Summer)


  • DR 355 - Theatre In London: Analyzing Text And Performance (Fall, Spring)


  • IR/EC 330 - The Economics And Business Of Climate Change (Fall)

European Studies

  • FS/EU 335 - Visiting Europe In Cinema (Spring)

Fine Arts

  • AH/FA 390 - Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy (Fall, Spring)


  • FI 355 - International Finance (Fall, Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS 345 - Passions And Repressions: Cinematic Representations Of British Identity In British Cinema (Fall, Spring)
  • FS 390 - London Video Film Production Workshop (Fall, Spring)
  • FS/CM 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See (Spring, Summer)
  • FS/EU 335 - Visiting Europe In Cinema (Spring)
  • LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature (Spring, Summer)

Health Studies PO/HL 310 - International and European Health and Human Rights (Fall, Spring) History

  • HS 336 - The History Of London (Fall, Spring)
  • WS/HS 366 - From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History (Fall, Spring)

International Business

  • IB 340 - Contemporary Business Issues And The Eu (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/IB 320 - Strategic Management (Spring)
  • MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Internship Seminar IN 395 - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring) International Relations

  • IR/EC 330 - The Economics And Business Of Climate Change (Fall)
  • IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice (Fall, Spring)


  • LT 312 - Literature And Place (Spring, Summer)
  • LT 322 - Modern British Novel (Spring)
  • LT 351 - Shakespeare The Dramatist (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature (Spring, Summer)


  • MG 302 - Managing Behaviour in Organisations (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/IB 320 - Strategic Management (Spring)
  • MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Political Science

  • PO 317 - The United Kingdom and the European Union – A Troubled History (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 325 - An Introduction To European Integration: History, Institutions, And Policies (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • PO/HL 310 - International and European Health and Human Rights (Fall, Spring)


  • SO/PS 395 - Social Welfare Policy In The United Kingdom: A Service Learning Perspective And Practicum (Fall, Spring)


  • SO/CU 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • SO/PS 395 - Social Welfare Policy In The United Kingdom: A Service Learning Perspective And Practicum (Fall, Spring)

Theatre Arts

  • TH 350 - European Approaches To Text And Theater Performance (Fall, Spring)
  • TH 355 - The Theater Industry: Inside And Out (Fall, Spring)
  • TH 390 - Playwriting Workshop (Fall, Spring)

Women's Studies

  • WS/HS 366 - From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History (Fall, Spring)

Partner Institution(s)

In addition to IES Abroad courses, IES Abroad London encourages you to enroll in a course offered at one of several prestigious British institutions. This is a great way to experience first-hand the British higher education system, and meet British students. You may enroll in one supplementary course per semester for no additional fee. If you choose to enroll in more than one supplementary course, there is a per-course fee. Supplementary courses are available at the following universities:

  • City University (fall & spring)
  • Queen Mary, University of London (fall only)
  • The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (fall only)

You must meet the university’s specific requirements, including a GPA of 3.0 or above, and, in certain disciplines, prerequisites and junior or senior standing. You should select courses only in your major or minor. Courses can be taken at the following three universities:

City University (City)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits (fall & spring) City received its charter in 1966, evolving from Northampton Polytechnic, a school which was founded nearly a century ago. The following courses are available to IES Abroad students. Note: 2-credit courses are not available to IES Abroad students. For course descriptions, visit City University's Academic Programme site.

  • Actuarial Science
  • Business
  • Finance & Management
  • Computer Science*
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Engineering (majors and academic year only)
  • Languages
  • Mathematics*
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Journalism (majors only)**

*Available only to Spring semester and Academic Year students. Students enrolled in these courses must stay to take finals in May/June, if applicable. **Students who wish to take Journalism courses must have already taken a least 1-2 Journalism courses. Please also note that course selections in the Fall semester are more limited than those in the Spring.

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits (Fall) QMUL is one of the largest colleges in the group of institutions that together make up the University of London. You will find courses in the following disciplines to be particularly outstanding. For more course information, visit Queen Mary's module website.

  • Cinema
  • Economics
  • Geography (includes Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Sociology)
  • Law
  • Languages
  • Natural Science
  • Political Science
  • Politics
  • Religious Studies

QMUL offers numerous drama courses during the fall term only. Some possible options include The Actor and the Body, Applied Theater, Beyond Acting, and Costume Drama: The Past Performed.

The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits (fall only) Recognized as a major world center of Asian, Middle Eastern, and African studies, SOAS comprises more than 200 scholars, the largest group in the world dedicated to studying Asia and Africa. SOAS courses are available in the following departments. For more specific course information, visit SOAS' study abroad site.

  • Anthropology
  • Art & Archeology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Languages & Cultures
  • Religious Studies

While SOAS does not have a recognized Theater department, there are some courses that are theater-related, such as Japanese Literature and Drama in Art.

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad London organizes course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of British culture and society. Many IES Abroad London field trip destinations double as course-related excursions for students enrolled in specific courses. For course-related excursions that are required for a course, the cost for the trip is included in the program fee. For field study trips that are recommended but not required, you are responsible for a portion of the trip cost. Past course-related excursions include:

  • Performances at London’s West End Fringe and Royal Shakespeare theaters
  • Architectural walking tours
  • Exploration of London’s East End
  • A tour of the BBC


Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship. Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  • Add international work experience to your résumé
  • Gain real work experience and skills
  • Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. Available Fields Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Arts & Museums
  • Education
  • Media
  • Theater

If you’re interested in participating in an internship for the semester, be aware that some internship options have earlier application deadlines. You must complete your program application first, and then you can apply for the internship. (You won’t have access to the internship forms until you’ve been admitted into the program.) You need to complete and submit all of your internship application materials by May 1 for Fall, and by October 1 for Spring.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.

Residence Hall – You will live in an international student residence hall located in central London. You and another IES Abroad student share a room with an attached bathroom and will either have access to a common kitchen with others on your floor or a kitchenette in your room. No meals are included, but there are many affordable eateries nearby. There are laundry facilities and common areas with wireless Internet (and 24-hour Internet access in your room) on various floors of the residence hall. Enjoy the 24-hour security and a short walk to public transportation.

Student Life

Orientation The IES Abroad orientation program takes place in and around London, and is designed to orient you to the program, your fellow students, and to London. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Program, begins during orientation and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Detailed information about academics, housing, public transportation, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other important topics will also be covered. Other highlights may include walking tours of London neighborhoods and a field trip to Greenwich or Windsor Castle. You also learn about the teaching methods of British professors and the coursework of the Theater Studies Program, including internships, academic policies, and field trips. You receive academic advising and finalize your course registration during orientation.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:

  • Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Recording a voiceover in a professional voice over studio
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues
  • Attending a Graduation Showcase for one of the accredited drama schools
  • Attending a Forum Theatre production
  • Participating in a 'natural' casting workshop

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins
  • One semester of university-level study in English literature or theater

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa may be required to enter England. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy; please contact us for more information. If you're studying with IES Abroad in England, you may be eligible to use the IES Abroad ACCeSS program. ACCeSS is our visa processing service in which we submit your visa application and supporting documents to the consulate for you.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $14,455
  • Housing: $4,185
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $18,870

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
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